Siemens Mobility will be presenting new products and solutions for urban mass transit at the UITP World Congress and Exhibition to be held in Dubai from April 10 to 13, 2011.
This year, the international exhibition’s slogan is ‘Boosting public transport: Action.’
Increasing urbanisation and the resultant rise in the volume of traffic in cities, on the one hand, and the ever greater need to protect the climate, on the other, will fuel the demand for more and more eco-friendly mobility solutions in the coming years.
A study by business consultants Booz Allen Hamilton concluded that the world’s major cities will be investing more than five trillion euros in their road and rail infrastructures by the year 2035.
UNIFE, the Association of the European Rail Industry, forecasts that the world market for metro vehicles will grow from its present volume of around five billion euros by four percent per annum until 2016.
A growth boom is also forecast for the Gulf Region. The accessible market in Africa and the Middle East is expected to grow at an annual rate of about 4.5 percent by 2016.
“Those are very good conditions for us as the world’s leading supplier of integrated transportation and logistics solutions. We want to secure part of this growth, among other things with our new Inspiro metro platform,” said Hans-Joerg Grundmann, CEO of the Siemens Mobility Division.
The highlight of the Siemens presentation at the exhibition in Dubai will be Inspiro, the brand-new mass transit train. In the development phase, utmost priority was placed on the environmental compatibility of the train.
The lightweight aluminum car body, the new demand-responsive control of the HVAC system and the weight-optimized bogies all contribute to a reduction in power consumption. The optional use of driver assistance systems and the possibility of driverless operation also ensure high energy efficiency.
Siemens Mobility won its first order for the new Inspiro generation in Poland. The Warsaw Metro ordered a total of 35 six-car trains in February 2011 for its 23-kilometer metro network. The order covers the delivery, commissioning, testing and certification of the vehicles. Delivery is scheduled to start in the autumn of 2012.